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A look at Big Ten prospects in 2014 NFL Draft

The 2013 NFL draft wasn’t kind to the Big Ten. Just 22 players were selected—the fewest since 1994. Just one pick came in the first round, as the selection of Wisconsin center Travis Frederick No. 31 overall by the Cowboys was considered to be a massive reach by anyone with Internet access and a mock draft. But, fear not: The 2014 NFL draft should be much more fruitful for the Big Ten. Check out this way, way, WAY early mock draft from SI.com. Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby is pegged to go No. 11. Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is

Dienhart: My 2013 All-Big Ten Spring Team

The Big Ten put a wrap on spring football last weekend, with Iowa and Minnesota playing the final spring games in the conference. Now, the long offseason begins. But, honestly, this is when players get better—not from September to December. Here’s a look at the players who exceled this spring, giving them plenty of mojo entering the key summer period. [ BTN2GO: Watch April 6 spring games | April 13 games | April 20 games | April 27 games ] OFFENSE WR Chris Fields, Ohio State, Sr. Time and again, he made plays all spring to earn himself a starting

Dienhart: 13 thoughts on new divisions

The announcement of the new divisions created a buzz across the Big Ten landscape. Leaders and Legends are gone. East and West are in. And a nine-game Big Ten schedule is coming in 2016. Here are 13 observations about the new arrangements. [ RELATED: No more “Legends & Leaders” | Dienhart: It’s the right move | Sound off on BTN Connect ] 1. It is good to have Michigan and Ohio State in the same division. Really. The specter of having them play twice in the same season (in the regular season and then possibly in the Big Ten title

New divisions, schedules ahead for football

So the Big Ten Conference will move to two new football East and West divisions in 2014 and a nine-game conference schedule in 2016. In an interview with BTN on Sunday, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said, “Being broader, being larger, geography had to play a larger part.” Meanwhile, BTN.com senior writer tells our BTN football team not to be so quick to say the East will always be stronger than the West. BTN football analyst Gerry DiNardo prefers the previous set-up was based on competitive balance while Howard Griffith says the East has the edge right now. Find out

East meets West: Big Ten unveils new divisions

It’s official: The Big Ten Conference will have new division alignments set to begin in 2014 and nine-game Big Ten Conference schedules for 2016 after the recommendations were unanimously approved by school athletic directors and supported by the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors. In a statement released by the conference, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said, “Big Ten directors of athletics concluded four months of study and deliberation with unanimous approval of a future football structure that preserved rivalries and created divisions based on their primary principle of East/West geography.” We break it all down tonight on “The BTN Football

Big Ten buzzing over reports of new divisions

In a move that had been speculated for months with Rutgers and Maryland poised to join the Big Ten and make it a 14-team league in 2014, the conference is apparently set to announce divisional realignment based on geography. Conference presidents and chancellors will reportedly vote on the divisions, new division names, and an expanded league schedule format on Sunday. Indiana and Purdue would be the lone protected cross-division rivalry, guaranteeing the in-state foes to meet each season for the hallowed Old Oaken Bucket. Earlier this week Purdue president Mitch Daniels told The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier that everything should

Dienhart: Purdue continues to forge change

Purdue has turned the page for the second time since Joe Tiller stepped aside after the 2008 season, as the wraps are taken off the Darrell Hazell era. One of the top goals this spring was to change attitudes, revise expectations and get tough. Schemes were installed, as well, as Hazell and his staff got familiar with their personnel and what those players can do. Here are my observations from the Boilermakers’ spring game. Watch Purdue video highlights here, and find my ongoing series of Spring Football reviews right here. 1. Nothing too fancy in Darrell Hazell’s first spring practice,

Video: Watch Purdue spring game highlights

The Purdue Black-Gold Spring Game was played Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium on BTN2Go. Watch all the game’s best plays and other notable moments in this post. Remember: All of our Spring Football video clips can be found in our BTN.com video vault. Watch the clips below. [ AP: New Purdue coach takes backseat at first spring game ] BTN highlight package: Akeem Hunt runs it in for TD on last play of first quarter: Shane Mikesky gets second-quarter TD: Kawann Short sideline interview:

Spring Football rolls on Saturday across Big Ten

Five more teams play their spring football games on Saturday with an eye toward next fall. Will we see another magical moment like the one in this video from last Saturday? There are plenty of shoes to fill across the conference, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart lists them here. And while Ohio State appears to be the favorite to win the Leaders Division, there’s plenty of football to be played between now and the Big Ten Championship on Dec.  7, 2013. Read our latest batch of spring previews here: Indiana, Michigan Northwestern, Ohio State, and Purdue. As usual, we’ll post videos

Hazell Q&A: It's time to climb to the top

Danny Hope guided Purdue to back-to-back bowl games the past two seasons, but there was little momentum behind the program. That’s why Hope was shown the door after going 22-27 overall and 13-19 in the Big Ten in four seasons in West Lafayette and Darrell Hazell was brought in. Hazell is coming off a successful two-year run as head coach at Kent State, taking the Golden Flashes to the GoDaddy.com Bowl last season—the school’s first bowl since Glen Mason was the coach back in 1987. Hazell compiled a 16-10 mark and won the MAC East title and what traditionally has